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Human rights review
Professor seeks signs
of change in prisons
by Charles Ker	
Staff writer
After a summer-long study of life at a
B.C. federal prison in 1972, UBC Law
Professor Michael Jackson deemed the
Canadian penitentiary "an outlaw of the
criminal justice system."
Operating under their own set of legal
rules, Jackson said prison officials meted
outjustice as they saw fit. Cancellation of
visitor privileges, strip searches, transfers
and lockups in "the hole" were often
ordered on suspicion without reasonable
On paper, prisons have undergone
positive change since Jackson first began
investigating human rights abuses 20
years ago. This May, he will take a 12-
month sabbatical to see if these changes
have been adopted in
"Prisons have their own
folklore and customs which
are very hard to change,"
said Jackson, whose study
will be funded through the
$45,000 Bora Laskin
National Fellowship in
Human Rights Research.
"Time and time again I've
observed that although a
court may say things have
to be done differently, prison
officials figure out a way to
get around the law or
interpret it at its minimal
As a small example, Jackson refers to
a maximum security prison in Ontario
which, in its manual, listed music and
exercise rooms. The former turned out to
be a small cell with a stringless guitar
while the callisthenics chamber contained
a single dumb-bell.
Two developments - the enactment of
the Canadian Charter of Rights and
Freedoms in 1982, and last summer's
passage of a new integrated Act (Bill C-
36) governing both corrections and parole
- have had positive effects on the liberties
and privileges of prisoners.
Still, Jackson says most ofthe reforms
which have taken place addressing issues
of fairness have been at the federal level.
For the most part, provincial institutions
still have their own officers deciding
disciplinary measures rather than outside
panels or chairpersons.
The big change in B.C. has been the
introduction of four new prisons.
By sitting in on disciplinary hearings,
interviewing prisoners, guards and
wardens and generally observing prison
life, Jackson hopes to find out if this new
living environment translates into a new
attitude towards human rights.
"You want to believe that things have
changed and that prisoners' rights are
protected but prison is a difficult place,"
he said. "Prison officials have a certain
perspective based on controlling prisoners
which doesn't always take
rights into account."
Architecturally, Jackson
added that while the new
prisons may look less austere
from the outside, some
prisoners have complained
that the introduction of solid
cell doors in place of bars
makes them feel more
isolated and dehumanized.
Jackson's study wiil focus
on three federal and two
provincial institutions in
B.C., including the new
correctional centre for women
in Burnaby. He will also visit
the federal high maximum security
institutions in Saskatchewan and Quebec
which he calls "the deep end" of Canada's
prison system.
Part of Jackson's task will be to
suggest further reforms to ensure that
inmates' rights are protected both in
the law and everyday prison life. He
plans to write a book based on his
The Bora Laskin Award, named after
the late Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court of Canada, is granted annually by
the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council.
You did it! United Way
campaign exceeds goal
It was worth the wait.
Two months after
UBC's 1992 United Way
Campaign officially
ended, organizers have
announced that
campus donations have
exceeded the original
target of $280,000.
The final tally:
"United Because We Care — that
was our slogan and 1 guess people just
took it to heart," said UBC campaign
chair Nestor Korchinsky.
Korchinsky added that it took a while
to tabulate a final total because last
minute donations kept coming.
"We recognized at the outset that
everyone was facing
tough economic times
so to get this kind of
response is
unbelievable," he
This year's total is
$17,780 over last
year's mark of
$265,000. While there
were about 200 fewer
donors from last year's list of 1,700, the
average donation increased $37 to $ 186.
Korchinsky praised the hard-working
team of faculty, student and staff
volunteers "without whom none of this
would have been possible."
The Lower Mainland campaign raised
slightly more than $17 million.
Skeletons in the Closet
Gavin Wilson photo
Curator Dick Cannings displays a massive hippo skull, one of the 30,000
specimens at the Cowan Vertebrate Museum in the Dept. of Zoology. The
research collection houses specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles and
amphibians, including alligator skins, an elephant skull and two passenger
pigeons. The museum was founded in the 1940s by naturalist Ian McTaggart
Cowan, dean emeritus of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and honorary
professor in the Dept. of Zoology.
New AMS council elected
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Two veterans ofthe Alma Mater Society
(AMS) executive have been re-elected to
serve on student council.
Bill Dobie, currently director of finance,
wins the top post. Dobie, a third-year
political science student, begins a one-
year term as AMS president on Feb. 17.
Carole Forsythe, a fourth-year history
major who presently serves as vice-
president, becomes the new co-ordinator
of external affairs.
Janice Boyle, a second-year honors
physics student, takes over the vice-
president spot.
Other students elected to the AMS
executive are: Roger Watts, third-year
biochemistry, who will serve as director
of administration,   and  Dean  Leung,
fourth-year   electrical   engineering,
becomes director of finance.
Winners of the race for student
representatives to the Board ofGovernors
have also been announced.
Orvtn Lau, a fourth-year computer
science student, and Michael Hughes,
who is completing a master's of Applied
Science in engineering physics, join the
beard for a one-year term .
As a student senator for the past three
years, Lau has worked closely with Senate
on teaching issues.
Hughes, a former member ofthe AMS
student council and the Graduate Student
Society, was instrumental in organizing
the recent anti-tuition-hike rally.
In Senate elections, five student
candidates for senator-at-large have been
confirmed, as well as 10 student
representatives from individual faculties.
Concrete Facts
Offbeat: UBC buildings are reviewed in a new architectural guide
Inuit Tragedy 3
Relocation of Inuit to the high Arctic caused cultural chaos, author says
Dignified Death 7
Profile:   Betty Davies has devoted years to helping people cope with death
Taxing Issue 8
Forum: A UBC economist examines the Child Tax Benefit program 2 UBC Reports • February 11, 1993
Thanks to UBC
for support
The 1992 UBC/United Way
Campaign total surpassed last
year's amount raised by
$17,780 - giving us a total of
over $282,780.
No campaign can be
successful without support
from various people and some
appreciation is in order:
Thank you to all the
volunteers on campus who
worked hard this year to make
the campaign fun and exciting
and to spread awareness about
United Way and the work done
by its 92 member agencies and
affiliates. A particular note of
thanks to the student
volunteers, who joined the
campaign for the first time this
year and in doing so, expanded
the campaign to more areas on
Thank you to the various
corporate sponsors and UBC
departments, who donated
prizes for the various draws
held on campus.
And, finally, a BIG thank
you to you, the donors. In
these tough times, the
community agencies supported
by United Way need our help
more than ever and UBC -
faculty, staff and students -
united under the UBC/United
Way campaign banner to show
we care.
Nestor Korchinsky
Chair. UBC United Way
UBC-college programs
see increased enrolment
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canvas & muslin
♦ fabrics 36" to 120" wide
♦ fabric dyes & paints
♦ custom t-shirt printing
♦ plain t-shirts
♦ garment dyeing
♦ one-day workshops
- learn to print textiles
Hours: Mon.- Fri. 9:30-5:00
Sat. 10:30-4:30
Sundays: Call ahead
- a super natural textile store -
1717 W. 4th Ave.
(just east of Burrard)
739-0266 •  739-0276
Parking in Rear
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Enrolment has steadily
increased in UBC degree
completion programs being
offered in collaboration with
Cariboo and Okanagan
university colleges.
More than 600 students have
enrolled in third and fourth year
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of
Science courses since the two
university colleges began offering
the programs through UBC in
Cariboo also provides a
Bachelor of Education
elementary program, which
currently has an enrolment of
85 students.
Prior to the joint ventures,
students at Cariboo and
Okanagan had to transfer to UBC
after two years of study in order
to complete a degree program.
The partnerships were formed
in response to a growing demand
by students for accessibility to
university education in the
"Successful implementation
of the venture is due, in large
measure, to the efforts of UBC
faculty members, particularly
those who are serving as faculty
co-ordinators," said Libby Nason
UBC's co-ordinator of the
Meanwhile, the province has
amended the Colleges and
Institutions Act to permit the
granting of degrees by university
Public to be better informed
of new campus developments
includes the erection of signs on
building sites describing
development applications,
notices of general public
meetings and, in some cases,
special contact with groups and
individuals, particularly those
occupying properties next to
proposed developments.
The process also includes steps
for contact with various agencies
which deal with the physical
operation of the campus, such as
B.C. Transit, the Ministry of
Highways, the University
Endowment Lands Ratepayers'
Association, and others.
The Board of Governors has
approved a new process designed
to better inform the public about
the growth and development of
Previously, UBC had no formal
process for dealing with public
concerns about buildings and
other developments. Now,
Campus Planning and
Development is in the process of
developing procedures that will
maintain communications with
the campus community and
people in surrounding areas.
To be incorporated in the main
campus plan, the public process
Eardley Beaton, owner of CEE BEE PROPERTIES and CEE BEE
HANDYMAN SERVICES, is a property owner and resident of the
West Side with over 20 years experience as an owner and manager
of revenue producing properties. He offers the following services:
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/ Monthly Management
• Full Maintenance/Repairs
" Why pay high rates when a
handyman can do the job!"
/ Mature, Experienced Handymen
/ Low Hourly Rate or Job Quote
/ Fences, Steps, Doors, Gutters,
Painting, Plumbing, Electrical, etc.
/ No Job Too Small
Call Eardley Beaton for a free, private estimate.
The Cecil & Ida Green
Visiting Professor
Professor of Music
Thursday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 26, 1993
SEMINAR at 4:30 p.m.
LECTURE-RECITAL at 7:30 p.m.
All events in Recital Hall
UBC School of Music
UBC Multicultural Liaison Office
Spring Workshop Series co-sponsored with the UBC
English Language Institute, the Centre for Faculty
Development and Instructional Services, UBC Human
Resources, the International Student Centre and the
Women's Resources Centre of UBC. Workshops and
mini-conferences are free of charge and open to all
staff, faculty and students of UBC.
Negotiating Across Cultures: The Multicultural Classroom*
Developing skills in cross-cultural communication in the classroom.
Facilitators: Katherine Beaumont/Mackie Chase
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 1993
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Room 109, Henry Angus Building
Limited spaces available. Please register with The Centre for
Faculty Development & Instructional Services at 822-9149.
Students and Faculty in Dialogue: A Model to Acknowledge and
Address Pluralism in the Classroom*
A workshop to highlight a student initiated model on cross-cultural
communication in the classroom.
Facilitators: M. Judith Lynam, Melanie Charles, Dorothy Lee Lowe &
Debbie Ram Ditta
Date: Thursday, March 11, 1993
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Room 209, SUB
Limited spaces available. Please register with the Multicultural
Liaison Office at 822-9583.
Curriculum Design: University Teaching in a Diverse Society*
Making curricula culturally sensitive in an academically rigorous
environment.    Facilitator: Tim Stanley
Date: Thursday, April 22, 1993
Time: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Place: Room 109, Henry Angus Building
Limited spaces available. Please register with The Centre for
Facufty Development & Instructional Services at 822-9149.
Racism: Breaking the Silence*
To mark the International Day forthe Elimination of Racial Discrimination
this mini-conference will provide different perspectives on racism at
the educational institution and develop anti-racist strategies.
Date: Friday, March 19, 1993
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Yorkeen Room, Cecil Green Park, UBC
Limited spaces available. Please register with the Multicultural
Liaison Office at 822-9583.
Workshop on Research in Ethnic Relations and Cultural Diversity*
This workshop is designed for researchers in the areas of
multiculturalism & ethnic relations. All participants will be required to
give a brief presentation of their research. All participants are asked
to submit abstracts (no more than one page) to Olav Slaymaker,
Associate Vice President Research Humanities, Interdisciplinary
Initiatives, and Social Sciences, 6328 Memorial Road (Old
Administration Building) by February 26, 1993.
Date: Wednesday, March 31 & Thursday, April 1, 1993
Time: 8:30a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Yorkeen Room, Cecil Green Park, UBC
Limited spaces available.
"Workshops and mini-conferences are in wheelchair accessible
locations. Sign language interpreters will be available by contacting
the Multicultural Liaison Office no later than one week prior to the
workshops at 822-9583. Watch for further workshops tn June.
UBC Reports is published twice monthly (monthly in
December, June, July and August) for the entire
university community by the UBC Community
Relations Office, 207-6328 Memorial Rd., Vancouver
Managing Editor: Steve Crombie
Editor: Paula Martin
Production: Stephen Forgoes
Contributors: Ron Burke, Connie Filletti, Abe Hefter,
Charles Ker, Gavin Wilson
Editorial and advertising enquiries: 822-3131 (phone)
822-2684 (fax).
UBC Reports welcomes the submission of letters and
opinion pieces. Opinions and advertising published in
UBC Reports do not necessarily reflect official
university policy.
Material may be reprinted in whole or in part with
appropriate credit to UBC Reports. UBC Reports ■ February 11,1993 3
Cross-discipline scholars
a growing campus trend
Stefan Ellis Is a graduate student from
the French Dept. working as a computer
programmer in the Faculty of Education.
Mark Fruin is director of the Institute
of Asian Research cross-appointed by
two   faculties   to    	
teach   commerce    ^^^^^^^^™l—™
and history.
These UBC
scholars represent a
sample of the
growing interest in
study and teaching
at UBC, an interest
which will be
highlighted during a
two-day symposium
March 5-6.
"Even a cursory    	
survey   makes   it
clear we have an exceptionally talented
group of people working in
interdisciplinary areas but the scope of
their activities is not well known," said
Prof. Sherrill Grace, associate dean of
Arts. "This symposium will hopefully raise
awareness of established interdisciplinary
projects and address some ofthe obstacles
to interdisciplinarity on campus."
Within the Faculty of Arts alone, Grace
said there are seven formally recognized
interdisciplinary programs while the
Faculty of Graduate Studies has no less
"Even a cursory survey
makes it clear we have an
exceptionally talented
group of people working in
interdisciplinary areas but
the scope of their activities
is not well known."
- Sherrill Grace
than  18 established interdisciplinary
institutes, centres and programs.
Grace is one of the organizers of the
symposium, "Between the Disciplines,"
sponsored by the faculties of Arts, Applied
^^^^^^^^^^^^ Commerce and
Graduate Studies
and Science.
scientist, educator
and humanitarian
Ursula Franklin
will open the
symposium at the
Asian Centre at
      7:30    p.m.     on
March 5 with an
address entitled "Going Fishing Together
—- The Practice of Interdisciplinarity."
Franklin, whose talk is open to all at
no charge, is known particularly for her
studies on the social impact of technology
and issues affecting women.
More information on the symposium
can be obtained through associate deans
Sid Mindess (Applied Science, 822-6413),
Donald Wehrung (Commerce and
Business Administration, 822-8558),
Laurence Ricou (Graduate Studies, 822-
3380) or John Sams (Science, 822-4214).
by Gavin Wilson
Woodward IRC is "brutalism at its best," while the Asian Centre is
"serene" and the Museum of Anthropology is "a magnificent
building, responsive to its setting and the culture it celebrates."
So says the new edition of Exploring Vancouver, the soon-to-be-released
architectural guide from UBC Press.
"It's going to be our hot book of the season," said UBC Press marketing
assistant Julie Sedger. "It hasn't even been released yet and already there
has been a lot of interest in it."
With 534 entries — on everything from heritage buildings to monster
houses — Exploring Vancouver is the most comprehensive guide of its kind.
UBC has 18 buildings featured in the book, including some private
homes on the University Endowment Lands. The new edition is up to date
with recent changes to campus, and includes Hampton Place, the David
Lam Management Research Centre, the Forest Engineering Research
Institute of Canada and the unfinished First Nations Longhouse.
There's another campus connection. One of the book's authors, Harold
Kalman, used to teach at UBC's School of Architecture.
f you've ever lost change on campus or, for shame, left a can or bottle
behind as litter, you can relax. It probably went to a good cause.
Chances are it was picked up by Wilbert Danner, professor emeritus of
Geological Sciences. Danner uses
the loose change and bottle refunds
to finance a student bursary.
He combs the sands of Wreck
Beach each summer looking for
coins dropped by sun worshippers
as they bare it all. The rest of the
year he roams campus parking lots,
where people drop coins as they
fish for car keys or feed parking
So far, Danner has raised
$19,200 for the bursary fund, from
which two $900 bursaries are
awarded each January.
Others have pitched in, as well.
University office workers, Parking
and Security staff, and even local
businesses have donated empties to
the cause.
Danner says he's noticed some
new trends since he founded the
bursary fund five years ago. There's
more competition out there now as
beachcombing becomes
increasingly lucrative ("beer cans are up to 10 cents") and he also finds
exotic coins, most recently, ones from Fiji, Holland and the Philippines.
"The recession shows, though. I don't find as much paper money around
as I used to." Danner said.
The professor's generosity goes beyond the bursaries. Although now
retired, he still teaches three undergraduate courses without remuneration.
Blooming Good Idea
Gavin Wilson photo
It's already springtime in the horticulture greenhouse, where manager
Christia Roberts surveys some of the orchids on display. The greenhouse
sells budding orchid plants on Mondays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
through to the end of the month.
Relocation of Inuit a result
of ignorance, author finds
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Martha Flaherty took little comfort in
knowing her family wasn't the first to be
relocated 1,800 km north from Inukjouak,
Quebec to the remote arctic settlement at
Resolute Bay.
"I clearly remember us being asked to
go up when I was five years old," Flaherty
told a House of Commons committee on
Aboriginal affairs in 1990. "We were
transported by the ship CD. Howe and I
cried all the way. When we arrived, it was
as if we landed on the moon it was so bare
and desolate." 	
The rationale for     mmm^^^^^'m
the 1953 relocation to
Resolute Bay,
Cornwallis Island and
to Craig Harbour on
the southern tip of
Ellesmere Island is the
source of ongoing
controversy as public
attention turns to the
creation of an Inuit
territory, Nunavut.
sources claim Inuit
were      moved      to
address       serious
welfare problems and
to  get  them back to  economic  self-
sufficiency. Others believe these people
were pawns in a Canadian government
attempt to secure sovereignty over the
Arctic islands.
Frank Tester, who has researched this
and many other relocations following the
Second World War, says the truth lies
somewhere in between.
"The civil servants who oversaw the
relocations may have had good intentions
but they certainly didn't have any
understanding of the culture they were
dealing with," said Tester, an assistant
professor in UBC's School of Social Work.
To increase understanding among
Canadians today of the Inuit's current
situation, Tester has co-authored a book
tentatively titled, Mistakes:
Responsibility, Relief and Relocation in
the Eastern Arctic, 1939-1960.
For the last four years, Tester has
combed through archives in Ottawa and
Yellowknife, private documents in attics
and basements and travelled the Eastern
Arctic talking to people like Flaherty about
"The civil servants who
oversaw the relocations
may have had good
intentions but they
certainly didn't have
any understanding of
the culture they were
dealing with."
Frank Tester
their relocation experiences.
"The analysis of government
representatives in the field as to what was
going on was pretty awful," Tester
explains. "The economy and lifestyle of
the people in the Eastern Arctic was put
in total chaos as a result of their
dependence on a faltering fur trade and
the Hudson's Bay Company."
Officials in charge, however, didn't see
it that way. Instead, Tester claims that
the colonial attitude among bureaucrats,
RCMP officers and Hudson's Bay
representatives branded Inuit as lazy and
indolent, a myth which was perpetuated
in the media.
^m^^^^m The       standard
Canadian image of
Inuit was one of a
happy, 'furry' people
living blissful lives in
the cold north. As the
1950s developed,
these images were
challenged by
epidemics of polio,
tuberculosis and
death by starvation.
Tester refers to one
article which carried
the headline,   "Daily
Paper   Only  Thing
Missed In The Arctic:
Life Among the Eskimos More Pleasurable
and Placid Than South's 'Civilization'."
Tester says stories such as these fed the
public's notion of Inuit as freeloaders
taking advantage of 'ordinary' Canadian
"People couldn't be bothered to stand
back and look at the whole situation
these people were trapped in," he said.
"Their culture was disrupted, they were
demoralized and depressed as a result of
being relocated to areas they didn't know
or understand. It's a brilliant illustration
of how we've classified, reclassified,
divided and 'mucked up' Native people
and their identity."
Tester's book charts the history ofthe
Canadian welfare state, starting with the
Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 1939
which made Inuit wards of the Crown
under the British North American Act.
He notes, paradoxically, that it is this
1939 decision recognizing Inuit as
Aboriginal people which makes the
current land claim involving Nunavut
possible. 4 UBC Reports • February 11,1993
February 14 through February 27
Monday, Feb. 15
BC Cancer Research Centre
Clinical And Basic Aspects Of
Intermittent Androgen
Suppression For Prostate Cancer.
Dr. Koichiro Akakura, Cancer
physician/scientist, Urology,
Chiba U., Japan. BC Cancer
Research Lecture Theatre at
12pm.  Call 877-6010.
Plant Science Seminar
Honeybee Queen Mandibular
Pheromone: From Hive To Field.
Dr. Ken Naumann, SFU.
MacMillan 318D from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-8233.
Mechanical Engineering
Heat Transfer Computation Of
Measurement For Film Cooled
Turbine Blades. Yuping Sun,
PhD student. Civil/Mechanical
Engineering 1202 from 3:30-
4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Drug Use In Intensive Care.
Dr. Martin Tweeddale, Critical
Care, Vancouver General
Hospital. University Hospital
G279 from 12-lpm. Call 822-
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Calcium Phosphate Dihydrate
Crystals: You Don't Want Them
In Your Joint. Mr. Chuck
Wintemitz, BSc, grad. student,
Pharmaceutical Sciences. IRC
#4 at 12:30pm.  Call 822-2051.
Centre For Chinese
Research Seminar
Guandi Has Lost His Head.
Prof. David Jordan, Anthropology,
U. of California, San Diego. Asian
Centre 604 from 12:30-l:30pm.
Slides will be shown. Call 822-
Oceanography Seminar
Southern Ocean
Biogeochemistry - A Recent
Research Cruise In The
Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica.
Philip Boyd, Oceanography.
BioSciences 1465at3:30pm. Call
Statistics Seminar
Identification Of Risk Factors
Associated With Cervical Intra-
Epithelial Neoplasia Among
Women In BC. Danielle Chew,
Statistics. Angus 426 at 4pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-3167/
Occupational Hygiene
Programme Seminar
Evaluation And Control Of
Arsenic Trioxide Exposures At A
Yellowknife Gold Mine. Dr. Robert
Lockhart, principal, Lockhart
Risk Management. University
Hospital G226 at 4pm. Call 822-
Faculty Development
Cultural Diversity Training:
Communicating In The
Multicultural Academic
Environment. Christina Pikios/
Mackie Chase/Katherine
Beaumont, English Language
Institute. Graduate Student
Centre Patio Room from 5-8pm.
Light supper. Call Katherine
Beaumont at 222-5208 to register.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Anatomy Seminar
The Hand, The Heart And The
Fruitfly: Dynamic Models For
Biological Pattern. Dr. Lionel G.
Harrison, professor. Chemistry.
Friedman 37 from 12:30-l:30pm.
Call 822-9071.
Microbiology Seminar
Therapeutic Uses Of Herpes
Simplex-1 Virus In Treatment Of
Brain Tumors. Dr. Wei-Guo Jia,
Microbiology. Wesbrook 201 from
12:30-l:30pm.  Call 822-3308.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Antibiotic Therapy For Peptic
Ulcer Disease. Ms. Margaret
Ackman. Family/Nutritional
Sciences 320 at4:30pm. Call 822-
Thursday, Feb. 18
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Adverse Effects Of Air Pollution.
Dr. David Bates, professor
emeritus, Medicine, Health Care/
Epidemiology. Family/Nutritional
Sciences 60 from 11:30am-
12:30pm. Call 822-2692.
Hort Club Seminar
New Zealand: A Tour Of
Kiwiland With An Introduction To
The Flora And Sites. Alan Reid,
Botany. MacMillan 318D from
l:30-2:20pm.  Call 822-3283.
Friday, Feb. 19
Geography Seminar
Korean Community In North
America: Where Do We Stand?
Dr. Eui-Young Yu, professor,
Sociology, California State U., Los
Angeles. Asian Centre 604 at
12:30pm.  Call 228-1984.
Monday, Feb. 22
Plant Science Seminar
Ribosomal DNA Variations And
Identification Of Fungal Plant
Pathogens. Dr. Andre Levesque,
Agriculture Canada. MacMillan
318D from 12:30-l:30pm. Call
Mechanical Engineering
Interaction Of Parallel Jets With
Application To Recovery Boilers.
Daniel Tse, PhD student. Civil/
Mechanical Engineering 1202 from
3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Re-Stenosis In Coronary
Arteries - Therapeutic Strategies.
Dr. Donald Ricci, Medicine,
Vancouver General Hospital.
University Hospital G279 from 12-
lpm.  Call 822-6980.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
New Microanalytical
Approaches To Protein
Identification And Structural
Characterization. Dr. Ruedi
Abersold, Bioresearch Centre. IRC
#4 at 12:30pm.  Call 822-2051.
Botany Seminar
Population Biology Of Large And
Small Armillarias.     Dr.  Myron
Smith, postdoctoral fellow, Botany.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm.  Call 822-2133.
Oceanography Seminar
Ray Theory And The Scattering
Of Topographic Rossby Waves By
Abrupt Change Of Shelf Width And
Coastline. Evelyn Lesard, U. of
Washington. BioSciences 1465 at
3:30pm.   Call 822-2828.
Statistics Seminar
A Stochastic Cellular Automata
Model For Monthly Global Surface
Temperature. K.J.     Keen,
Mathematics, Royal Roads Military
College, Victoria. Angus 426 at
4pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Occupational Hygiene
Programme Seminar
Dioxin Contamination In The
Straight Of Georgia: A Case Study
In The Great Blue Heron. Dr. Gail
Bellward, professor,
Pharmaceutical Sciences.
University Hospital G226 at 4pm.
Call 822-9595.
Investors Group/Vancouver
Sun Financial Seminar
Planning For Financial Success.
Ms. Elizabeth Worley, financial
consultant. Faculty Club Salon A
from 7-9pm. Refreshments. Call
Peter at 431-0117.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Microbiology Seminar
New Microanalytical
Approaches To Protein
Identification And Structural
Characterization. Dr. Ruedi
Abersold, Biomedical Research
Centre. Wesbrook201 from 12:30-
1:30pm.   Call 822-3308.
Faculty Development/
Multicultural Liaison
Negotiating Across Cultures:
The Multicultural Classroom.
Katherine Beaumont/Mackie
Chase, English Language Institute.
Angus 109 from 3-5pm. Call Lynn
Abbott at 822-9149 to register.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Current Concepts In The
Pathophysiology And Treatment Of
Sepsis ■ Syndrome And Septic
Shock. Dr. Anthony Chow,
Infectious Diseases, Medicine.
Family/Nutritional Sciences 60
from 11:30am-12:30pm. Call822-
Whole Earth Seminar
Natural Hazard Impacts On The
Cheekeye Fan, North Of Squamish,
B.C. Mr. Graham Rawlings, Golder
Associates Ltd., Burnaby.
GeoSciences 330A at 12:30pm.
Refreshments /discussion
following.  Call 822-9258.
World Hunger: Its Causes
And The Responses Of Unicef To
It. Wah Wong. Anthropology/
Sociology 205 at 4pm. Call Brian
Elliot at 822-2878.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tacrine In Dementia Of The
Alzheimer Type: What Do You
Think Of DAT? Ms. Brenda
Johannesen. Family/Nutritional
Sciences 320 at 4:30pm. Call
669-6500, pager 421.
Friday, Feb. 26
History Seminar
Inland Transport In Medieval
England: Problems And
Perspectives. Dr. John Langdon,
History, U. of Alberta. Buchanan
910 at 2:30pm.  Call 822-5938.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
High Cell Density Bioreactors
For Mammalian Cell Protein
Production. Dr. J.M. Piret,
Biotechnology Laboratory.
ChemEngineering 206 at
3:30pm.  Call 822-3238.
Monday, Feb. 15
Counselling Psychology
Emplotment. Dr. Larry
Cochran. Counselling Psychology
102from 12-lpm. Call822-5259.
Applied Mathematics
The Role Of Low-Frequency
Ocean Waves In The Global
Climate. Dr. William Hsieh,
Oceanography. Mathematics 203
at 3:45pm.  Call 822-4584.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Geography Colloquium
A Favoured Place: Central
Veracruz, Mexico, Late In The 16th
Century. Alf Siemens, Geography.
Geography 201 from 3:30-5pm.
Refreshmentsat3:25pm. Call822-
Thursday, Feb. 18
Physics Colloquium
Monday, Feb. 22
Counselling Psychology
Alcohol Recovery Project. Dr.
John Friesen/Research Team.
Counselling Psychology 102 from
12-lpm.   Call 822-5259
Tuesday, Feb. 23
International Relations
Lunchtime Colloquium
Nongovernmental Organizations
And The UN. Dr. Larry Woods,
Bishop's U. Buchanan Penthouse
from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-6875.
Psychology Colloquium
A Nondevelopmental Study Of
Language Growth.    Dr. Jacques
Mehler, CNRS, Paris. Kenny 2510
at 4pm.  Call 822-3005.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Geography Colloquium
Appropriated Carrying Capacity
And Trade: Implications For Global
Sustainability. William Rees,
Community/Regional Planning.
Geography 201 from 3:30-5pm.
Refreshments at 3:25pm. Call 822-
Applied Mathematics
Kinetics Of Aggregation/
Breakage In Colloidal Systems.
Prof. Sam Levine,
ChemEngineering.   Mathematics
203 at 3:45pm.   Call 822-4584.
Nineteenth Century Studies
Heard Melodies Are
Sweet...Fiction And Opera. John
Hulcoop, English: Floyd St. Clair,
French. Faculty Club Music
Room at 7:30pm. Call 822-4225/
Thursday, Feb. 25
Physics Colloquium
The Physics Of Gravitational
Lenses. Ramesh Naryan,
Harvard U. Hennings 201 at
4pm.  Call 822-3853.
Sunday Feb. 14
Gala Concert
UBC At The Orpheum.   UBC
Symphony Orchestra:
Vancouver Youth Symphony
Orchestra; David Agler, guest
conductor; Leslie Wyber, piano
soloist. The Orpheum at
7:30pm. Adults $10, Students/
Seniors $4.   Call 280-4411.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Wednesday Noon Hour
Concert Series
Marc Destrube, baroque
violine; John Sawyer, batoque
violine; Nan Mackie, viola da
gamba; Doreen Oke,
harpsichord; Ray Nurse,
theorbo. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Admission $2. Call
Sunday, Feb. 21
Sunday Afternoon Concert
AYA, women's cappella group,
singing about women's issues.
Museum of Anthropology Great
Hall at 2:30pm. Free with
museum admission. Call 822-
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Wednesday Noon Hour
Concert Series
Carolyn Canfield-Cole, violin;
Paula Kiffner, violoncello. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30pm.
Admission $2.  Call 822-5574.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Cecil/Ida Green Visiting
Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano.
Music Recital Hall at 8pm. Adults
$14; Students/Seniors $7. Call
822-5574. Calendar
UBC Reports • February 11,1993 5
February 14 through February 27
Monday, Feb. 15
Classics Lecture
Curses And Caveae:
Entertainment In Roman
Carthage. Prof. Naomi Norman,
U. of Georgia, Athens. Museum
of Anthropology Lecture Theatre
at 8pm. Coffee following. Call
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies Lecture
Nationalist Futures In English
Canada. Dr. Sylvia Bashevkin,
Political Science, U. of Toronto.
Family/Nutritional Sciences 50
at 12:30pm.   Call 822-9171.
Lectures In Modern
From Alchemy To Disease
Prediction: Developing
Radiopharmaceuticals Labelled
With 11C And 18F. Dr. Tom
Ruth, director. Positron Emission
Tomography TRIUMF. Chemistry
South Block B250 at 1pm.
Refreshments at 12:50pm. Call
French Lecture
La Phraseologie Diachronique.
Catherine Caws. Buchanan
Tower 799 at 2pm. Call 822-
Friday, Feb. 19
Grand Rounds
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss And
The Lupus Anticoagulant. Dr.
Penny Ballem. University
Hospital Shaughnessy Site D308
at 8am.  Call 875-3265.
Saturday, Feb. 20
Vancouver Institute
Saturday Night Lecture
E. Gordon Young Memorial
Lecture. Protein Engineering:
Basic Research And
Biotechnology. Dr. Alan R. Fersht,
FRS, Herchel Smith professor.
Organic Chemistry, Cambridge
U. IRC #2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Lectures In Modern
Detection Of Single
Fluorescent Molecules In
Solution. Dr. Mike Ramsey,
Analytical Chemistry, Oak Ridge
National Lab, Oak Ridge,
Tennessee. Chemistry South
Block B250 at 1pm.
Refreshments at 12:50pm. Call
Graduate/Faculty Christian
Forum Lecture
Sustainable Development And
Stewardship. Dr. Olav Slaymaker,
Geography. Buchanan Penthouse
at 4:15pm. Coffee at 4pm. Call
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Protuberans - What's In A Name.
Dr. Christopher P. Beauchamp.
Eye Care Centre Auditorium at
7am.   Call 875-4646.
Murrin Lecture Series
The Role Of Councils Of
Churches In The Ecumenical
Movement. Dr. Donna Geernaert,
SC. Murrin scholar in residence.
Buchanan D239 at 12:30pm. Call
Thursday, Feb. 25
Arts One - Lectures In The
Confucius Meets John Locke:
Personalism And Democracy In
Korea. Yun-shik Chang, Sociology.
Arts One Blue Room from 1-
2:30pm.   Call 822-8619.
Friday, Feb. 26
Grand Rounds
Ectopic Pregnancy
Management - The Place For New
Medical And Surgical Techniques.
Dr. Peter McComb/Tom Ehlen.
University Hospital Shaughnessy
Site D308 at 8am. Call 875-3265.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Helicobacter Pylori, Gastritis
And Ulcers: This Bug Bites. Dr.
Eric Hassall/Dr. David Israel,
Gastroenterology. G.F. Strong
Auditorium at 9am. Call 875-
Health Care/Epidemiology
Grand Rounds
Doctors And Disability. Mr.
James Dorsey, chairman. Board
of Governors, Workman's
Compensation  Board.     James
Mather 253 from 9-10am.   Call
History Lecture
Mills And Millers In The
English Rural Economy Of The
Middle Ages. Dr. John Langdon,
History. U. of Alberta. Buchanan
A204at 12:30pm. Call 822-5938.
Vancouver Institute
Saturday Night Lecture
Cecil/Ida Green Lecture.
1492: The Life And Times Of
Juan Cabezon Of Castile, The
History Of An Historical Novel. Prof.
Homero Aridjis, poet/novelist/
activist/diplomat, Mexico City. IRC
#2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Sunday, Feb. 14
Guided Gallery Walk
The Transforming Image.
Informal conversations about the
process of finding/recreating
Northwest Coast paintings. Free
with museum admission. Museum
of Anthropology Gallery 5 at
2:30pm.  Call 822-5087.
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Canadian Information
Processing Society Video
Business Re-Engineering.
Media Services TeleCentre 112
from 8:45am-2:30pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, Feb. 17
UBC Senate Meeting
The Senate, UBC'a academic
Parliament, meets at 8pm in Room
102 of the Curtis (Law) Building,
1822 East Mall.
Paediatrics Resident Case
CPC. Dr. Ben Fakhry, resident:
Dr. Luc Oligny, pathologist. GF
Strong Rehab Centre Auditorium
at 9am.  Call 875-2118.
Management Information
Systems Workshop
Capturing The Complexity In
Advanced Technology Use:
Adaptive StructurationTheory. G.
DeSanctis, U. of Minnesota. Angus
Penthouse from 1-2:30pm. Call
Monday, Feb. 22
Israeli Film Premiere
Over The Ocean. SUB Theatre
at 7:30pm. Admission $8;
reception following. Call 224-4748.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
MOA ID Clinic
Bring    your    objects
Material for the Calendar
rms available from the UBC
Efice, 207-6328 Memorial Roe
TSL. Phone: 822-3131. Fax: 822
j words may be edited.
Deadline for the February 25
llch covers the period Febru
>on, February 16.
must be submitted on
; Community Relations
td, Vancouver, B.C. V6T
-2684. Notices exceeding
issue of UBC Reports —
ary 28 to March 13 — is
advice from professional staff. No
financial appraisals. Museum of
Antrhopology217from 7-8:30pm.
Call 822-5087.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Faculty Association Seminar
Introduction And Overview Of
Investment Vehicles. Bob
Saunders, manager, Retirement/
Tax Services, VanCity Credit
Union. Hennings 201 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call Lynn Abbott at 822-
Wednesdays At Lunchtime
Don't You Have Anything Better
To Do? Ms. Jane Durant, author.
Bookstore from 12:30-1:30pm.
Refreshments.  Call 822-2665.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Video Conference Replay
Language And Literacy (1993
Series). Apple Education TV Series.
Media Services TeleCentre 112
from 9:30-10:30am. Call 822-
Students For Forestry
Awareness Speaker Series
Process Toward A Land Use
Strategy. Stephen Owen,
chairman, CORE. MacMillan 166
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 222-
Faculty Association Seminar
Introduction To Retirement
Issues. Gail Riddell, former
program director. Retirement
Planning Programs.     Call  Hall
Conference Room from 5-
6:30pm. Call 822-9149 to
Friday, Feb. 26
Satellite Service Video
Creating Learning
Organizations. Peter Senge,
author of The Fifth Discipline; W.
Edwards Derning, founder of The
Quality Movement. Media
Services TeleCentre 112 from
8:15-1 lam. Registration fee. Call
Management Information
Systems Workshop
NIAL. M. Jenkins, Queen's U.
Angus Penthouse from 1-2:30pm.
Call 822-9552.
Campus Tours
School and College Liaison
Office Friday morning tours for
prospective UBC students. Reserve
one week in advance. Call 822-
UBC Speakers Bureau
Would your group like to know
more about topics ranging from
dolphins to computers of the
future? Choose from more than
400 topics. Call 822-6167 (24 hr.
ans. machine).
MOA Recent Acquisitions
Maiolica Majolica: Historic and
contemporary decorated
earthenware. Museum of
Anthropology New Lobby. Now
through February 28 during
regular hours. Free with museum
admission.   Call 822-5087.
Executive Programmes
Business Seminars. Feb. 15-
28: Inventory Management, $695;
Cost Benefit Analysis, $595;
Fundamentals of Finance and
Accounting, $895; New Manager
Guidelines, $595; Planning a
Corporate Environmental Policy,
$695.  Call 822-8400.
Current Trends In Social
Work Research
Call for papers for the 6th Social
Work Symposium - Research Day.
Deadline for papers is on March
15, Symposium takes place May
7.   Call 822-5035.
UBCLIB Basics: Hands-On
Learn to search using the new
features on UBCLIB, the Library's
online catalogue. Sedgewick
Library Aits Terminal, lower level
Thursdays until March 18 from
12:30-l:20pm.  Call 822-3096.
BC Soil Science Workshop
Soil Management Effects On
Soil And Water Quality. MacMillan
166. February 18-19from8:30am-
5pm .  Call 822-2783.
Professional Development
For Language Teachers
Evening workshops: Teaching
Language   Through   Current
Events,   Feb.   16;   Stimulating
Student Talk, March 2/9.    Call
: 222-5208.
j Surplus Equipment
!      Recycling Facility (SERF)
Disposal of all surplus items.
Every Wednesday, 12-5pm. Task
Force Bldg., 2352 Health Sciences
Mall. Call Vince at 822-2582/
Rich at 822-2813.
Clinical Research Support
Faculty of Medicine data
analysts supporting clinical
research. To    arrange    a
consultation,  call Laura Slaney
Professional Fitness
Administered by Physical
Education and Recreation through
the John M. Buchanan Fitness
and Research Centre. Students
$40, others $50.   Call 822-4356.
Child Studies Research
Is your baby between 2 and 22
months? Join UBC's Child Studies
Research Team for lots of fun. Call
Dr. Baldwin at 822-8231.
Behaviour Study
Do you check or clean too
much?  Psychology is looking for
people who repeatedly check (e.g.
locks, stoves) or clean excessively
to participate In a study. Call
High Blood Pressure Clinic
Adult volunteers needed to
participate in drug treatment
studies. Call Dr. J. Wright In
Medicine at 822-7134 or RN
Marion Barker at 822-7192.
Drug Research Study
Male and female volunteers
required for Genital Herpes
Treatment Study. Sponsoring
physician: Dr. Stephen Sacks,
Medicine/Infectious Diseases.
Call 822-7565.
Heart/Lung Response Study
At rest and during exercise.
Volunteers aged 35 years and
more and of all fitness levels
required. No maximal testing;
scheduled at your convenience.
Call Marljke Dallimore, School of
Rehab. Medicine, 822-7708.
Jock Itch Study
Volunteers 18-65 years of age
are needed to attend 5 visits over
an 8-week period. Honorarium:
$ 100 to be paid upon completion.
Call Dermatology at 874-6181.
Faculty/Staff Badminton
Fridays from 6:30-8:30pm in
Gym A of the Robert Osborne
Centre. Cost is $15 plus library
card.  Call John at 822-6933.
Late Afternoon Curling
Space available at Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre from 5-
7:15pm. Beginners and experienced
curlers welcome. Call Alex at 738-
7698 or Paul (evenings) at 224-
0835. 6 UBC Reports • February 11, 1993
Wide range of staff training programs
offered through Human Resources
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
UBC staff members can get
the "MOST" out of personal
training and development
through a program developed by
the Organizational Training and
Development section of Human
The university's Managerial
and Other Skills Training (MOST)
program has been established to
meet the training and
development needs identified by
staff members through a series
of focus group discussions.
"In the fall of 1991, we issued
the staff development plan and
subsequently received funding
from the university to implement
the plan," said Bonnie Milne,
staff training and development
co-ordinator in Human
"Thanks to this funding we
are able to offer, in conjunction
with other departments and
faculties, a number of courses
and programs."
In the areas of personal
development,    courses   are
available in assertiveness,
conflict resolution, career
planning and disability
There are also managerial and
supervisory programs available,
as well as courses in computer
training offered by Continuing
Studies. In addition, the
Community Relations Office
offers client service training
sessions, developed from the
SuperHost program which is
used worldwide.
UBC staff can take a
combination of courses resulting
in certificate programs. They
will include the Pacific Spirit
Program, self-development
workshops for individuals at all
levels; Cecil Green Program,
initial training for managers and
supervisors; Ida Green Program,
second level training for
experienced managers and
supervisors; Thunderbird
Program, training for
administrators; and the Nitobe
Program, which covers
secretarial and clerical skill
Full details of these certificate
News Digest
Senate has approved changes to the B.C./Yukon secondary
school admission requirements. Starting in 1995, the GPA average,
which is currently based on nine high school subjects, will be
calculated on English 12 plus three specified examinable Grade 12
courses. An exception is the Bachelor of Applied Science Program
(Engineering) where the average will also include four Grade 11
subjects. UBC is the only Canadian university that requires nine
subjects for a GPA.
• • • •
Commerce and Business Administration students Marilyn Cox
and Tracy Horsman finished second in the labor arbitration
component ofthe Inter-Collegiate Business Competition finals, held
Jan. 15-17 at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Fifteen schools were represented, with six teams taking part in
each ofthe seven competitions. Teams from Lakehead University,
Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Windsor, University of
Calgary, Queen's University and UBC competed in the labor
arbitration category.
Cox and Horsman finished a close second to a team from Calgary.
Commerce and Business Administration Associate Professor
Tom Knight served as faculty advisor during the competition.
• • • •
Watch out for Jeff Watchorn.
The first-year Science student has been named the Canada West-
Western Hockey League graduate of the month for December.
The award is presented to a Western Hockey League (WHL)
graduate who is now playing on one ofthe eight teams in the Canada
West University Athletic Association.
Each winner receives a cheque for $500 from the WHL to go
towards the cost of his education.
Watchorn scored seven points during the month of December
and was named to the all-tournament team at the David Bauer
Classic tournament at UBC.
The 19-year-old Prince George native scored three goals as the
Thunderbirds beat McGill University 8-2 in the consolation final.
Watchorn was leading the UBC Thunderbirds in scoring heading
into the second half of the schedule, with 10 goals and 15 assists in
16 games.
If you know a woman who has made a substantial contribution
to our community, you may wish to submit her name as a
candidate in this year's YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
Nominations are being sought in eight different areas:
Education, Training & Development
Management & The Professions
Community & Humanitarian Service
Communications & Public Affairs
Arts & Culture
Recreation, Fitness, Sport
Health/Science /Technology
or PHONE: 683-2531
programs will be available this
The university is also
embarking on a quality
management journey in 1993,
which will be modelled on the
concepts of a business strategy
commonly termed Total Quality
Management (TQM).
TQM is a strategic and
systematic approach to
continuous performance
improvement, according to Peter
Lee. the acting manager of
Organizational Training and
'The focus is on customer-
oriented outcomes; on
prevention instead of detection;
and on the philosophy of doing it
right the first time, instead of
doing it over," said Lee.
This strategy will be phased
in at the Purchasing Dept., the
Registrar's Office and the Dept.
of Biomedical Communications
in a pilot project. Specific
administrative and business
processes within each unit will
be studied, and staff from
Organizational Training and
Development will be assigned to
assist in the implementation of
quality management concepts.
Throughout this process, data
will be collected to measure the
success of the project.
Preliminary results from the
respective units are anticipated
over the next six months.
Pension plan
to be held
• The directors ofthe UBC Staff
Pension Plan are engaged in what
may be the most extensive
pension communication project
ever undertaken in Canada.
The project involves holding
two-hour information sessions
for all 3,800 active members of
the plan. The presentations
include information on sources
of retirement income and pension
plan concepts, as well as a
discussion of aspects of the
current pension plan.
"It's a large undertaking,
considering the number of plan
members, the number of
meetings scheduled, and the
university's commitment in
ensuring that all members have
an opportunity to attend a
meeting," said pension plan
administrator Marcelle Sprecher.
Pension plan members can
make their thoughts known
about the future of the plan by
filling out a short questionnaire
at the meeting.
After these information
sessions conclude this month,
meetings involving selected
pension plan members will be
held beginning next month to
provide further input based on
the results ofthe questionnaires.
"The logistics of such a process
are daunting," said Jon
Nightingale, chair of the plan's
board of directors.
"We are very pleased with the
support given to us by President
David Strangway and the
university community."
For futher information,
contact communications coordinator Adrian Rooke at the
Pension Administration Office at
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Programme subject to change. UBC Reports ■ February 11,1993 7
Betty Davies:
Devoted to making the last days better
by Connie Filletti - Staff writer
TD etty Davies knows
*-* how important HUGS
can be to a child,
especially one who is
dying. That's why the
Nursing professor has all
the time in the world for
Davies serves as a director of HUGS
(Human Understanding, Growth and
Sharing) Hospice Society, a non-profit
organization dedicated to creating the
first free-standing hospice in North
America for terminally ill children and
their families.
She can't resist a smile when talking
about Vancouver-based Canuck Place,
scheduled to open next year.
The hospice will serve as a home-
away-from-home for eight children,
from infancy to 17 years, who are
suffering from progressive, life-
threatening illness. It will also provide
surviving family members with
bereavement care.
For Davies, it's part of the answer to
a question she asked herself a long
time ago.
In the mid-70s, Davies was working
as a nursing supervisor at St. Mary's
Hospital in Tucson, while pursuing
graduate studies at the University of
She remembers an accident that
took the lives of a mother and her
eldest son, but spared the woman's
youngest child, an eight-year-old boy
named Juan.
"Juan was in pain and terribly
scared," Davies recalled. "A priest was
called to speak with the boy. He
nervously told Juan about the deaths
and that it was now his responsibility
to take care of everything. It left me
wondering about Juan. What could we
do for him?"
The priest's admonition had a strong
impact on Davies. In the years that
followed, sibling bereavement was to
become a special focus of her research.
She'll be using that expertise to design
and implement a grief support program
for Canuck Place.
It's been more than 20 years since
Davies began studying death and
dying. Her first experience with a dying
patient, as a second year nursing
student at the University of Alberta
Hospital in 1968, set her on what was
to be her life's work.
'The patient died and all I knew
about preparing the body was what I
saw them do on television shows,"
Davies recalled. "The charge nurse was
too busy to help so she told me to look
in the procedure book."
That's when Davies decided that an
important component of nursing, in
addition to promoting health and well-
being, was to know how to support a
person to a peaceful and dignified
"Everyone is critical of doctors and
nurses because they don't handle these
situations well." Davies said. "But most
of us are never taught how to. Still, it is
our responsibility to learn how to deal
with death and dying."
Davies not only undertook that
responsibility, but has shared her
Betty Davies
has been
studying death
and dying for
more than 20
"Everyone is
critical of
doctors and
nurses because
they don't
handle these
situations well.
But most of us
are never
taught how to.
Still, it is our
to learn how to
deal with death
and dying."
knowledge about bereavement and
coping with loss in special guest
lectures for undergraduate students at
the School of Nursing since joining the
school's faculty in 1987.
he has also endeavored to help
colleagues deal with having
patients who were dying.
One of Davies'
duties while on ^M^B^BHaB_B
staff at St. Mary's
was as head nurse
of a pediatric ward.
She saw the
problems that staff
were having
dealing with dying
children and
formed a
committee of
professionals who
were available to talk about death with
other health care providers working on
the ward.
Still, more often than not, she found
herself in the position of telling the
Betty Davies
children — many of whom were
suffering from cancer — that their
prognosis was poor.
"A child copes much better with
dying," Davies said. 'They are honest
with themselves and freely express how
they feel about it. And they are quite
perceptive about how others are being
affected by their illness."
When asked
^a^^aB^HiH    by someone if
they are dying,
Davies takes her
direction on how
to answer from
the person
posing the
Nevertheless, she
believes that it's
best to tell the
"Honesty is
the basic premise, then it's always
possible to deal with the situation. You
can be truthful but not unkind in
giving a direct answer to a direct
"I tend not to put off to
tomorrow what I can do
today because I don't take
for granted that I have
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Davies finds that one of the hardest
parts of her job is dispelling the
common assumption that her work is
full of sadness.
"Feeling that I have made a difference in
a dying or grieving person's life is so
meaningful to me that it overcomes any
negative responses," Davies said. "But
emotional involvements do occur and that
is difficult."
To cope with the stresses of her
work, Davies practices a daily
regime of exercise and meditation.
She also shares experiences with
colleagues. One thing Davies does not
do is talk to people on airplanes.
"Once they find out what I do they
always end up telling me a story.
Sometimes I just need a break from it
Davies believes that working with
the terminally ill has changed her
perspective on life and on what's
"I tend not to put off to tomorrow
what I can do today because I don't
take for granted that I have tomorrow." 8 UBC Reports • February 11,1993
The Child Tax Benefit:
A public policy prism
by Jon Kesselman
Jon Kesselman is a Professor of Economics
at UBC and Director of the recently established
Centre for Research on Economic and Social
Policy at UBC. His Forum piece is based on a
forthcoming article in Canadian Public Policy -
. Analyse de Politiques.
A sweeping federal review of the nation's
income security system, touted to include a
guaranteed income, is currently under way.
Some idea of how the government might
approach broader reforms can be seen in the
Child Tax Benefit. The program replaces
Family Allowances and the two main tax
provisions for children.
By combining the benefits now delivered
through three separate provisions, the Child
Tax Benefit will simplify matters for families.
It will operate much like the existing
refundable child tax credits, except that
payments will be made on a monthly basis.
Hence, the scheme will still require tax filing
by persons at low incomes
who would not otherwise
have to file a tax return.
Curiously, the
government did not combine
the refundable GST credits
for children in lower-income
households with the Child
Benefit.  Moreover, the
equivalent-to-married credits
for single parents were not
properly co-ordinated with
the new benefits.
For many families the
child benefits received will
not differ substantially from
the total amounts formerly
derived from Family
Allowance and refundable and non-refundable
child tax credits.  Most families with incomes
between $26,000 and $50,000 will reap small
increases, with single parents gaining
somewhat more. There are several notable
exceptions to this general pattern.
First, families with combined parents'
incomes above $50,000 but where neither
parent earns more than $50,000 will be net
losers. This results from the abolition of the
Family Allowance with its defective tax
clawback provision that has applied since
1989.  Only incomes above
$50,000 of the higher-
income parent have been
subject to clawback.
Second, families with one
or two children and total
incomes above $66,720 will
receive no Child Tax Benefit.
Since they will no longer get
any Family Allowance nor
nonrefundable child tax
credits, they will obtain no
relief for children. The tax
and transfer system will treat them the same
as childless couples at the same incomes.
This approach sacrifices the equitable
treatment of families with children and larger
families relative to childless households.  It
also departs from practices in other modern
Removing all tax recognition for dependent
children in upper income families was
justified by the government as "improved
targeting" of the tax-transfer benefits.   In
effect, these changes took the form of tax
increases only on upper-income families with
children.  Childless couples and single adults
at upper incomes were spared these tax
Third, households with one or more
children and annual earnings between $3,750
and $26,000 will be the major beneficiaries of
the reforms. They will obtain an additional
amount of up to $500 per year depending
upon their labor earnings. This "earned
income supplement" will be included in their
total Child Tax Benefit.
Most notable is that households with
labor earnings below $3,750 per year will
obtain no gains from the Child Tax Benefit.
Their benefits will be the same as their
current receipts from Family Allowances and
refundable child tax credits.  This will
prevent any additional payments from going
to welfare recipients and long-term UI
Child Tax Benefits were intentionally
structured to keep any increment from going
to many of those who need help the most.
The reason for this, though, is not clear.   It
may have stemmed from the government's
desire to improve the work incentives of the
income security system.  Alternatively, it may
have been based on the feds' suspicion that
the provinces would simply reduce welfare
benefit rates to offset any additional child
The government argued that its new
scheme will be "more responsive to the needs
of Canadians." This is true
when income declines due
to marital breakup, on
account of special
administrative rules to
handle this case.   But in the
more common case of
income loss due to
joblessness, the Child Tax
Benefits will actually be less
responsive than the current
combination of benefits.
Depending on the precise
timing and degree of income
fluctuations, it can take up
to 18 months for a sharp
fall in a family's income to
be reflected in higher child
tax benefits.  These long delays stem from
the computation of net benefits based on tax
returns filed for previous tax years, as is
done currently with the refundable child tax
Another deficiency of the new Child Tax
Benefit is its incomplete adjustment for
changes in the cost of living.  For a two-child
family with income of $50,000, an inflation
rate of just two per cent will cause the real
value of its child benefits to decline by eight
per cent per year, or four times the inflation
Most deficiencies of the
new scheme could be
overcome through improved
design.   Greater simplicity
could be achieved by
amalgamation with the GST
credits and equivalent-to-
married credits.  Partial
benefits could be paid to
reflect the lower taxpaying
ability of families with
children than those without
children even at upper incomes. Additional
benefits could be provided to those at the
lowest income levels.  The scheme could be
fully indexed for the effects of inflation.
Making the child benefits responsive to
income changes would be more difficult.  It
could be achieved within a comprehensive
simplification of the personal income tax.
The format of a guaranteed income would
also allow greater responsiveness but would
involve far more administrative and
compliance burdens than the other methods.
If the Child Tax Benefit foreshadows the
government's review of the entire income
security system, we should anticipate it with
some skepticism. The child benefits were
officially promoted as "simpler, fairer, and
more responsive" than the current
provisions, but deficiencies have been seen
on all counts.   In many areas of policy,
governments are evidently more concerned
about the "optics" of their reforms than their
High Flier
Martin Dee photo
Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean was on campus recently
to give UBC a memento of his flight last fall aboard the space
shuttle Columbia. It was accepted on behalf of the university
by Robert Miller, vice-president, Research. The memento
includes a UBC crest that accompanied MacLean on his 10-
day mission, during which he conducted experiments for
Canadian scientists, including UBC's Donald Brooks and Dr.
Peter Wing. UBC graduate Bjarni Tryggvason, MacLean's
alternate for the mission, accompanied him to campus.
by staff writers
Joan Anderson, a professor of Nursing and director ofthe
Office of Multicultural Liaison, has been
appointed to a three-year term on the
board of directors of the British
Columbia Health Research Foundation
The BCHRF was established in 1977
to ensure better health care for British
Columbians by supporting innovative
research, evaluation and human
resource development initiatives. It has
awarded more than $60 million in grants
since its inception.
Anderson's areas of special interest
and research include migration and health, the psycho-social
aspects of chronic illness, women's health and the political
economy of health care.
A National Health Research Scholar, she is the co-editor of
Cross-Cultural Caring: A Handbook for Health Professionals
in Western Canada, designed to assist health care providers
in identifying the health issues and concerns of Canada's
immigrant population.
• • • •
English Professor John Wilson
Foster has won the 1992 American
Conference for Irish Studies Book
Prize for Literary Criticism.
Foster won the award for his book,
Colonial Consequences: Essays in
Irish Literature and Culture. The book
was praised for its illumination of
specific texts, genres and writers and
its "scholarly yet passionate
engagement with Irish literature and
Another of Foster's works, Fictions
ofthe Irish Literary Revival (1987), will be re-published in
paperback next spring by Syracuse University Press. Foster
has taught British and Irish literature at UBC since 1974.
• • • •
Richard Lawrence has been appointed to the Chair in
Mining and the Environment in the Dept. of Mining and
Mineral Process Engineering.
Lawrence's research will focus on the
theory, prediction and control of acid
rock drainage, the most pressing
environmental problem facing the mining
industry today.
He will work in conjunction with other
faculty members, the B.C. Acid Mine
Drainage task force and the national
committee of Mine Environmental
Neutral Drainage (MEND).
Lawrence recently served as a vice-
president and principal of Coastech
Research Inc., a research and development company which
conducted process and environmental testing and
technological development for the mining industry.
He was also head of the Extractive Metallurgy Division at
B.C. Research and has previous university experience as an
adjunct professor at the University of Alberta and in UBC's
Chemical Engineering Dept.


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